May 15, 2019
- President Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights is entirely consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967.
- Resolution 242 calls on the parties to negotiate a just and lasting peace that recognizes the right of all countries, including Israel, to live “within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.”
- It provides that Israel would withdraw from some – but not necessarily all – territory captured in 1967 in keeping with that objective.
- Some of Israel’s former enemies pursued peace in good faith, and Israel has withdrawn from more than 88% of the territory it captured in 1967.
- Syria is a different story. In word and deed, Damascus has for 52 years rejected the negotiating framework of Resolution 242. It has maintained a state of war with Israel since 1948. It is a client of Iran and one of the most brutal regimes on earth.
- By affirming Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the president has afforded Israel the only secure and recognized boundary that can exist under the circumstances – the objective of Resolution 242.
Mr. Pompeo is U.S. secretary of state. Mr. Friedman is U.S. ambassador to Israel.
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